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UK TECH-FEST returns for 2014 boasting a bigger venue and a huge first line-up announcement

Tuesday 22nd April, 2014
UK TECH-FEST, Europe’s first ever progressive and technical metal outdoor festival, returns 10-14 July 2014 with a crushing next-generation metal line-up.

Back for its third year, the festival has upgraded venue to the prestigious Newark Showground in Nottinghamshire. Set to be the biggest ever gathering of bands pushing metallic creativity and technicality, TECH-FEST’s growing popularity is a testament to this burgeoning forward-thinking scene and a sure sign of heavy metal's bright future.

The first bands announced are:

THE OCEAN COLLECTIVE



VILDHJARTA (UK exclusive)



GLASS CLOUD (Europe exclusive)



They are joined by THE SAFETY FIRE, THE EYES OF A TRAITOR (UK exclusive), FELIX MARTIN, MODERN DAY BABYLON, NAPOLEON, NO CONSEQUENCE, DISPERSE, DREWSIF STALIN, FRIEND FOR A FOE, DEADLY CIRCUS FIRE, FROM SORROW TO SERENITY, CARCER CITY, HORD, AEOLIST, BEAR, KADINJA, THE BELLEROPHON PROJECT, LIES OF NAZCA and THE SUN EXPLODES.

Official partners are once again Metal Hammer magazine, Ibanez guitars, Double Slit guitars, Zilla Cabs and this year they are also joined by North Custom Drums.

Following the huge success of the sell-out event in 2012, TECH-FEST UK went outdoors in 2013, packing about 1000 people into The Plough events field in Peterborough. Now at the Newark Showground, TECH-FEST 2014 is set to be even bigger with more bands, bigger names and even more activities. In addition to the music, food, drink and general festival goodness, there will once again be music workshops, Q&As and demonstrations with some of the top artists, as well as instrument and gear manufacturer stalls from the event sponsors Zilla Cabs, North Custom Drums and Double Slit Guitars. Onsite camping will have showers and 24 hour food catering for a wide range of diets and tastes as well as a bar with a great selection of craft beers and ales, suitably complementing the calibre of the music.

With at least another 35+ bands to announce, UK TECH FEST 2014 is set to once again be one of the most unique and exciting festivals of the year.

Weekend tickets cost £59.99 (+£20 for camping) and are on sale now from Ticket Script
https://shop.ticketscript.com/channel/web2/start-order/rid/9FA4CMM4

Venue address:
Lincoln Rd
Newark-on-Trent
Winthorpe
Newark
Nottinghamshire
NG24 2NY

Newark Showground

http://www.uktechfest.com
http://www.facebook.com/uktechfest
https://twitter.com/UKTechMetalFest
http://www.metalhammer.co.uk
http://www.facebook.com/DoubleSlitGuitar
http://www.ibanez.com
http://www.zillacabs.com
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Genre-bending rockers CHRYSALIS announce new album 'Focus on the Center'; release new single 'Ms. Me'

Tuesday 22nd April, 2014


Southern California’s genre-bending veterans Chrysalis are proud to present their new album Focus on the Center, scheduled for European and UK release on May 12 2014.

To celebrate the album announcement, the band have recently premiered a new single from their upcoming album with Blank TV.

Watch 'Ms. Me' here:


Some albums can be read straightforwardly, a linear progression from start to finish. Not Focus on the Center, however. This is grown-up metal, an album as full of twists and turns as a helix on a merry-go-round. Incorporating elements from post-metal, hardcore and post-hardcore, alternative rock and electronica, Focus on the Center is a release with too many labels to really give it justice.

All of the above almost certainly comes as no surprise to followers of Chrysalis, a band with a long and winding history. Forming in 2003, Focus on the Center is the first release in seven years for a band who have previously played the Vans Warped Tour, opened for A Day to Remember, and played alongside Agent Orange and True Sounds of Liberty. Despite all of this however, paradoxically and in true Chrysalis fashion, the band are still remarkably young, still only in their twenties.

With artwork designed and produced by vocalist Yessi Burton, in honour and recognition of the band’s close friend and singer of Lindbergh Skies, Jeff Davis, Focus on the Center is an album at once emotionally engaging and intellectually rewarding.

For more information, interview opportunities or general chitchat, please get in touch at matt@holdtightpr.com.

More information on the band:
https://www.facebook.com/ChrysalisBand
http://twitter.com/ChrysalisBand
http://chrysalisband.com


NEXILVA release new song 'The Misdirection of God' ahead of release of new album Eschatologies out April 7

Tuesday 22nd April, 2014


The UK's finest young hope for progressive death metal, Nexilva, have today released a new track from their upcoming album, Eschatologies, out April 7th.

Have a listen to 'The Misdirection of God' right here:




A rollercoaster of a ride through the lands of deathcore, black, death, and technical metal, Eschatologies is a disarmingly progressive and mature release from an impressively young band. All aged from 20-22, Nexilva grew from a passionate urge to simply create; this certainly comes across in Eschatologies, the band’s third release. The product of over eighteen months of careful craftsmanship, it’s an album both earth-shattering and apocalyptic. From the fantastical (demonic prophecies and living dead epidemics) to the realistic (nuclear devastation), Eschatologies takes you on a journey which you’ll be craving to repeat again and again.

As impressive live as in the studio, Nexilva caught the eyes of Metal Hammer and Terrorizer at Tech-Fest 2013, having played the same festival the previous year. Young veterans of the death metal circuit, the band have undertaken four UK headline tours, toured with Exist Immortal and played alongside Aliases and The Algorithm; a fairly incredible feat considering Nexilva are barely out of their teens.

For further information, please contact Matt Benton at matt@holdtightpr.com

See more about the band here:
www.nexilva.com
www.facebook.com/nexilva
www.twitter.com/nexilva



Tracklisting:
1) I: Teste Humanitatem Mori
2) The Misdirection of God
3) Our Progenitor
4) This Is Humanity
5) II: Scientaia Tenebris
6) Necromancer
7) The Collapse
8) Eschatologies
9) Cybernetic Lucidity
10) III: СКЕЛЕТ
11) Premonitions (ft. Ricky Lee Roper)
12) Invasion
13) Evil Will Prevail (ft. Meyrick De La Fuente)
14) IV: Non Magis Adrogantiam

I DIVIDE to support Blitz Kids on April UK tour

Tuesday 22nd April, 2014


UK rockers I Divide will support Blitz Kids on their April UK tour, kicking off just after the release of their highly anticipated debut album Last One Standing on 14 April via Destroy Everything.

Watch the lead single from the album, 'Follow Me', right here





This follows the band's run of dates with Yashin and performance at Takedown festival.

Dates:

March w/ Yashin
14 Hobos Bridgend
15 Takedown Festival Southampton University
28 Asylum Birmingham

April w/ Yashin
01 Borderline London
02 Stereo Glasgow

April w/ Blitz Kids
21 Leicester, Scholar Bar
22 Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
23 Guildford, Boiler Rooms
24 Exeter, Cavern
25 Lincoln, Engine Shed
26 Norwich, Epic Studios
27 Glasgow, Cathouse
28 Hull, Fruit
29 Newcastle, Think Tank
30 Stoke, Sugarmill

The album 'Last One Standing' is forty-five minutes of the finest anthemic rock the UK has to offer and is set to be the record to affirm I Divide as the UK’s most exciting breakthrough act of 2014.

Pre-order the debut album 'Last One Standing' from I Divide, out April 14 via Destroy Everything, here.

For more information visit:

https://www.facebook.com/idivideband
https://twitter.com/idivideband

SUBLIMINAL GROOVE RECORDS announce XEHANORT signing; lyric video and remastered album released in celebration

Tuesday 22nd April, 2014


Canada-based progressive gurus Subliminal Groove Records are delighted to announce the signing of one-man prog-deathcore maverick, Xehanort, and with it the remastered release of his 2013 album Awaken in a Different Dimension, due March 11.

If this all wasn't enough, Xehanort has today released a lyric video of the first two tracks from the album, 'Entry I: The Unknown/Entry II: Colossus'.
Watch it here:





You can pre-order physical copies of Awaken in a Different Dimension here:
http://Xehanort.ifmerch.com

Every so often a new voice enters, breathing new life into the scene and raising the bar. Xehanort is one such voice, a one-man machine who at once defines the term maverick and defies generic conventions. A unique blend of progressive, technical, black metal and deathcore, Xehanort and his album Awaken in a Different Dimension is at once brutal and confounding, the next level in the world of progressive death metal.

Entirely self-produced, recorded, performed and mixed by the man himself, Awaken in a Different Dimension is a video game-inspired concept album detailing the trials and tribulations of a character lost in a foreign land. Remixed and remastered for physical release through Subliminal Groove, the CD release comes with plenty of goodies for like-minded producers and engineers, including instrument stems, raw mixing files, and a 'making-of' behind the scenes video.

With a cover album in the works as well as a new studio album tentatively scheduled for 2015, you'll be sure to hear plenty more of Xehanort.

For more information visit:
http://www.facebook.com/XehanortMusic
http://xehanort.bandcamp.com/
http://www.last.fm/music/Xehanort
https://www.youtube.com/user/TranscendedIllusion

http://www.subliminalgroove.com/
https://www.facebook.com/SubliminalGroove/
http://www.youtube.com/user/SubGrooveRecTV
https://twitter.com/SubGrooveRec



Tracklisting:

1) Entry I: The Unknown
2) Entry II: Colossus
3) Entry III: Wyvern
4) Entry IV: Atronachs
5) Entry V: Cerberus
6) Entry VI: Susano’o
7) Entry VII: Albatross
8) Entry VIII: Heartless
9) Entry IX: Nazgûl
10) Entry X: Bahamut
11) Entry XI: Reprieve
12) Entry XII: Discovery
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